Working for Democracy
It would not surprise me if the Republicans came out in favor of a property requirement to vote; meanwhile, expanding the vote among the have-nots (rather than the haves and the have-mores that form Bush's "base") continues:
Having no home and no money should not exclude someone from voting, according to two national groups that are trying to register thousands of homeless people to vote in the presidential election.
"The message that the poor and homeless are voting is part of a bigger strategy to get the issues of the poor heard," said Donald Whitehead, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless.
On July 22, his group and the National Low Income Housing Coalition registered roughly 1,150 homeless people nationwide in a one-day drive in 16 states and the District of Columbia. They also worked with local shelters to train volunteers and educate communities about voting rights. They are hoping to register 25,000 poor and homeless people to vote in November.
Karl Marx wrote off the "lumpenproletariat" as a political force, and I'm glad to see these organizations are ignoring that mistake.